Branford Hills Throws “A Party at the Park”

by marcia chambers | Oct 19, 2017 8:51 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Nestled in an area of dense condos and apartments, local neighborhood folks are throwing a party this Sunday in honor of their first park, a 13-acre area they fought hard to keep.

The site of what was once the Branford Hills Elementary School, at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Burban Drive, will serve residents with green space, a playground, a basketball court, and ball fields for kids of all ages. 

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Public Hearing Scheduled for TOD

by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 10:30 am

Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.

Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.

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“Today We Are The First Church Of Las Vegas, Nevada”

by marcia chambers | Oct 9, 2017 7:16 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Branford’s clergy led a vigil on the Town Green last Thursday where Rev. Bill Keane (center)  proclaimed that “as far as I am concerned, today we are the first church of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Mary Johnson Photo Rev. Keane, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Branford, told some 45 residents and firefighters who gathered at Town Hall for a candlelight vigil that he wanted to hold this service to “share our thoughts, a moment of silence and a short prayer from each of us.”  Five ministers representing a variety of churches in town joined him on the steps of Town Hall for the 25-minute ceremony.

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Housing Authority Attorney Seeks to “Seize the Moment”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 9:30 am

With Permission The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area,  the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.

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What’s For Lunch?

by marcia chambers | Sep 30, 2017 8:24 am

Contributed Photo As we say good-by to summer, even though recent days have indeed been summer-like, we think of a special annual event, Short Beach Days, three days of pure fun for kids of all ages. This was year 71 in the history of the event, one that began in 1946, one year after World War II ended.

Julia Rusatsky, an actress and a photographer, loves Short Beach Days. She grew up in Short Beach in the 1990s, graduated from Branford High, and each year returns for this special weekend. She especially loves the sand sculpture contest. As a kid, she learned the joy of sand art and participated in many of the weekend competitions, including the Lip Sync and the Labor Day parade. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 29, 2017 8:04 am

File Photo Explore someplace new this weekend. On Saturday, the North Branford Women’s Club is hosting a hike around Lake Gaillard, a treasure tucked away in North Branford. The public is seldom allowed into this property owned by the Regional Water Authority, so here is a unique opportunity. As always, the Branford Green is the place to be this weekend, with the Friends of Library Book Sale (you can never have too many books), the Trinity Church Fair, and Animal Awareness Day, highlighted by the Blessing of the Animals. What better way to honor our beloved pets?

Friday, Sept. 29

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Rosa Takes On the Trump Administration

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 27, 2017 7:32 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo To a packed hall on Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Guilford, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-3rd Dist.) addressed the challenges of the Trump administration, 10 months after the presidential election.

Her appearance was part of the Fall Kick-Off Meeting of Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI), one of many grassroots organizations that formed in response to the 2016 election using the Indivisible Guide as its action plan.

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Ground Breaking Soon For Community House Expansion

by Diana Stricker | Sep 26, 2017 7:02 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Board of Selectmen (BOS) awarded a $9.9 million construction contract for the Community House/Senior Center expansion to A. Secondino & Son of Branford, clearing the way for an October start date.

In a related matter, it was announced that there will be a public auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at noon at the Community House on Church Street for some leftover furniture and office equipment.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 22, 2017 8:00 am

Fall has officially arrived, but the warmth of summer is lingering. Tag sales, book sales, bike tourneys, and artwork for all tastes can all be found within the borders of our town. If the activist in you has been raised, check out Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible’s fall kick-off meeting with Rosa DeLauro (and be sure that you are registered to vote regardless of your political leanings). Looking ahead, round up your pups and kitties for Branford Compassion Club’s Animal Awareness Day with the Blessing of the Animals as its highlight. Need more ideas for activities? Read on!

Saturday, Sept. 23

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Storm Prep: Just in Case

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 18, 2017 8:34 am

Sally E. Bahner photo Ahead of Hurricane Harvey, and subsequently Hurricane Irma, (and now there’s Jose and maybe Maria), I mentally checked off what I needed to do to evacuate with my two cats. Much of their stuff is in the family room, so that’s where I started.

Two large carriers with comfy blankets at the ready. Check.

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